Carrick RFC racked up a 57-3 win over Waysiders Drumpellier on Saturday to march into Round One of this seasons BT Shield.
However you'd be wrong to think that the Carrick coaches were happy with the preliminary round win which sets up a home tie with Kilmarnock on 18th October.
Mums, dads, kids, partners and even wives were there supporting Carrick in their final push to gain promotion. It was a grey day but it might as well have been the beach at Majorca; there was not the razzmatazz of the international sevens tournament at Scotstoun but the soft drinks and hot dogs stalls were doing a roaring trade; this was Maybole and the Carrick faithful was out on the town.
That must have been the thoughts of Coach Brown after the demolition of a very much weakened Cumbernauld side in an E&C Firewood sponsored match at Academy Field last Saturday.
Last Saturday Colonel Petesy McNair, an avid Gazette reader, commanding a raiding party of fifteen brave souls travelled to Ardrossan to take the short ferry trip to Arran. It was the Arran annual sevens tournament where winning is just being there.
Carrick travelled to Loch Lomond or rather to Bonhill, Alexandria to take on the side named after the famous loch. Loch Lomond was a club formed from the amalgamation of Dumbarton RFC and Vale of Leven RFC .The match was played at the quaintly named Dillichip Park which sits on the banks of the River Leven. The pitch was wide and with the strong breeze drying out the underfoot conditions the conditions were ripe for a fast handling game.
Carrick and their big travelling support made their way up to Cambuslang knowing that this was likely to be a challenging game and so it proved to be with the result not decided until the final play of the match.
Carrick hosted Strathaven last Saturday at Maybole. Their players must have travelled with some trepidation as they were hammered by 136 points to 5 earlier in the season.